Mumbai: The Maha Vikas Aghadi, a coalition of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP in Maharashtra, had called for a Maharashtra bandh in the state on Monday as a mark of protest against the killing of four farmers on Lakhimpur Kheri last Sunday.
Due to the Maharashtra bandh call, buses of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), remained off roads. Not just this, there were fewer taxis on the road.
When the bandh call was given, the traders’ body had said it would not join the protest.
On Monday, there were reports of shops being forcibly shut and auto drivers being beaten up for plying on the roads.
Videos showing Shiv Sena workers hitting auto drivers were circulated on social media.
Since morning, commuters were seen waiting for a means of transport.
Following the Maharashtra bandh call given by MVA, a lawyer approached the Bombay High Court seeking suo motu cognizance of the “illegal” bandh.
The lawyer, Atal Bihiri Dubey, argued that the bandh by MVA indirectly showed that the state government had called for it and that only essential services would be open.
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